by Keri Allan
10 May 2021
Alstom has been selected by public transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to provide its interchangeable communications-based train control system (I-CBTC) for lines 10, 7bis, 3bis and 3 of the Paris Metro.
As many as 91 carriages of the new MF19 trains, designed and manufactured by Alstom at its Valenciennes and Crespin sites, will be equipped with the automatic train operation technology.
The rollout of I-CBTC is part of the Open Control of Trains, Interchangeable and Integrated System (OCTYS) programme to upgrade the automatic operation infrastructure used across the Paris Metro.
Thanks to the scalability and upgrade path provided by OCTYS, the CBTC solution can be rolled out in several phases while guaranteeing its uniformity across the whole network.
“This new contract is a mark of RATP's trust in our French expertise in urban signalling and of our commitment to close cooperation. It reinforces Alstom's signalling activity in France, where it is the larger employer in this particular sector with over 1,700 employees.”
I-CBTC, which was developed in partnership with RATP, is capable of carrying out remote operating functions, monitoring safety in operations and controlling traction and braking systems. It can be configured with different levels of automation, depending on the needs of RATP, to enhance train frequency.
Alstom will be responsible for the development, validation, industrialisation, installation, testing and commissioning of its on-board I-CBTC solution.
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